Mossman Library is getting groovy.
Every year the library offers free school holiday craft activities but this year they are throwing a Hip Hop class into the mix.
Library Team Leader Judy Coulthard said anyone who hasn’t visited the library in a while might be surprised to see how libraries have changed.
“Libraries of today are creative learning spaces, where people can come to connect with each other, use computers, read a magazine or borrow a DVD,” Ms Coulthard said.
When Ms Coulthard realised that talented dancer Tahlia Burchill was back in town she saw the opportunity to offer a creative learning experience to local kids with a local professional, instructor.
She invited Tahlia to put on a Hip Hop class as a library school holiday activity and also to celebrate NAIDOC Week and Tahlia jumped at the chance.
Tahlia started her dancing career in 2005 with lessons at Bodies in Motion studied a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) degree at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.
She graduated in 2012 and in September 2013, after a stint working as a cultural performer at Tjapukai, she became a performer, mentor and teacher with Indigenous Hip Hop Projects (IHHP).
Today Tahlia juggles studying for a graduate diploma in education, while continuing to tour with IHHP. She is also a performer with Cairns-based Biddigal Performing Arts and is currently in rehearsals preparing for the Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair and Cairns Festival in 2014.
Tahlia, who is kindly donating her time to the library, is really excited about the opportunity to share her love of dance with Mossman youngsters.
“Although I teach with my crew, this will be my first solo class,” Tahlia said.
Hip Hop with Tahlia is open to children over the age of eight. Places are limited so bookings are essential.
The class will be held on Friday, July 11, at 10.30am and participants will meet at Mossman library.
“Wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle,” Tahlia said.
“Apart from that there’s just one rule – anyone who attends must be ready to hop up.”
Bookings are essential and for more information contact Mossman Library on 4099 9496.